End-of-course exams bill clears first House panel
The plan to phase out the high school level Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in favor of several end-of-course exams won strong approval (13-1) this morning from the House Pre-K-12 Policy Committee, despite some misgivings and questions about cost, especially from the Democrats.
Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, tried to amend the bill so that the end-of-course exams would not be as high stakes as proposed. That effort did not pass, and Bullard, who has his own end-of-course exam legislation in the hopper, eventually joined the majority to push the committee legislation to the next step.
Committee chairman John Legg issued a press release moments after the panel finished its business.
“Higher academic standards and well-defined goals are essential," he said. "Our students are our most valuable resource today, and we must challenge them to meet the demands of today’s global marketplace essential to their success and Florida’s future.”